Category: Infrastructure

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On Track: Infrastructure Elements of Ontario’s 2016 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review

November 17, 2016

On November 14, 2016, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, titled “Building Ontario Up for Everyone” (Update). This bulletin focuses on those elements of the Update of interest to the infrastructure sector. CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO INCREASED INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING As its title would suggest, the Update includes an in-depth focus on Ontario’s infrastructure…

Canadian Airports: Who Has Governing Power?

November 8, 2016

With possible airport privatization on the horizon for Canadian airports, and thanks to Liberal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s recent promise to introduce legislation loosening restrictions on foreign investment in airlines, airports have become a hot topic in the media. However, airports can often seem like mini-cities unto themselves, where competing stakeholders are pitted against each other. Along with an airport…

2016 Federal Fiscal Update: Banking on Infrastructure

November 2, 2016

On November 1, 2016, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released his Fall Economic Statement outlining changes to the federal government’s fiscal priorities in advance of the 2017 budget process. While reaffirming Canada’s commitment to infrastructure investment, the Fall Economic Statement recalibrates the government’s infrastructure priorities in the current economic environment. Notable for potential funding recipients, infrastructure developers and investors, Mr….

Ontario Suspends Large Renewable Procurement Program

September 27, 2016

In our August 2016 Blakes Bulletin: September Deadline: Last Chance to Participate in Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program, we reported that Ontario was moving ahead with the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) portion of phase two of the province’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP). However, in a surprising move, on September 27, 2016, Ontario announced that it is suspending all new…

September Deadline: Last Chance to Participate in Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program

August 2, 2016

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has issued final materials for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program (LRP II). The deadline for submitting a qualification submission to the IESO is September 8, 2016. This is expected to be the last opportunity to participate in the LRP because the Minister of Energy has directed the IESO not to undertake…

Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program Recharges for Phase II, RFQ Stage Expected in August

June 14, 2016

Renewable power developers can expect to see a draft of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP II), before the end of June 2016. Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has announced that the draft LRP II RFQ is expected to be posted by June 23 for stakeholder and community feedback. IESO…

Ontario Announces Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan

June 10, 2016

On June 8, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) released a five-year Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan), which builds on the Government’s Climate Change Strategy released in November 2015, that set the long-term vision for meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. The Action Plan outlines the key actions the Government will take to combat climate change at a cost…

Ontario Announces Significant Climate Change, Cap-and-Trade, GHG Emissions Legislative Developments

May 30, 2016

 On May 18, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) passed the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Act). The Government says that the Act’s objective is to make the province accountable for transparently investing proceeds from the cap-and-trade program into actions that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, create jobs and help people and businesses shift to a low-carbon economy….

OEB Considering Changes to Commercial and Industrial Customers’ Rate Design

April 25, 2016

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has published a staff discussion paper, Rate Design for Commercial and Industrial Electricity Customers: Aligning the Interests of Customers and Distributors (Staff Discussion Paper), in which it considers a new rate design that will affect all commercial and industrial customers who receive electricity from a distribution company. Although commercial and industrial customers only account for…

Your Guide to the 2016 Federal Budget

April 15, 2016

We have summarized key aspects of the Liberal government’s 2016 federal budget that may impact your business. Please see 2016 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures for more information. For pension-related matters, see Federal Budget 2016 – Pension Issues. For financial services, see 2016 Federal Budget – Financial Services Highlights. For infrastructure, see Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget. In…

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